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Tip: Don't 'Blow Smoke'

When he interviews candidates for postdoc positions in his lab, Comrade PhysioProf says he couldn't care less how much they know about what's going on in his lab, other than at a basic level. "What I care about is what they know about what they have done previously, can talk about it intelligently and creatively, and whether they would bring an interesting perspective to our intellectual milieu," he says. Not very many PIs care about having "smoke blown" at them, PhysioProf adds. All he wants to hear from postdoc candidates is that they're interested in his lab because of the work he does, and what they can bring to it.

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.